News Highlights

Prof. Üstün Ergüder Writes About the Stormy Waters of Higher Education and Boğaziçi University

 “I am not young enough to know everything.”  These words of Oscar Wilde’s, displayed on Ergüder’s office wall, greet his visitors.

Inspired by the idea of being able to play ‘makam’ music on the guitar, B.U. alum Dr. Tolgahan Çoğulu designed an “adjustable microtonal guitar.” A former guitar player in the group Kardeş Türküler, Çoğulu is currently the Assistant Director of Istanbul Technical University’s Turkish Music State Conservatory Musical Performance Department. We talked with him about his musical journey and the microtonal guitar he developed.
Michael Taussig, the well-known Australian anthropologist and writer who introduced a new language to the world of philosophy through his unusual stage expression, gave a talk in front of a packed audience as part of Boğaziçi Chronicles, Boğaziçi University’s international guest program.
Boğaziçi University and residents of Istanbul have a new movie theater! Built as part of Boğaziçi University’s cultural activities infrastructure, SineBU raised its curtain on May 2 in cooperation with Başka Sinema.
Boğaziçi University students represented Turkey at the 8th annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) Summit held in Miami on March 6-8, 2015.
Boğaziçi University’s Kilyos Sarıtepe Campus Sports Complex opened its doors to sports lovers on April 5 with a colorful event. Boğaziçi students took on the Boğaziçi Alumni team in a basketball game. Among the players of the Alumni team were Dr. Cevdet Akçay, Chief Economist of Yapı Kredi Bank, Kemal Dinçer and Serdar Koçyiğit, former professional basketball players, and Mustafa Gülser, Human Resources Director at SONY Turkey.
The Tsunami Observation and Monitoring Center Building, part of the National Earthquake Monitoring Institute (UDIM) of the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, became the second building at Boğaziçi University to receive the Leed “Gold” Certificate.
In recognition of his contributions to mathematics, the Mathematics Foundation of Turkey gave the 2014 Körezlioğlu Research Award to Associate Professor Atilla Yılmaz of Boğaziçi University’s Department of Mathematics.
Did you know that frisbee, the game we often see played on campus on sunny days, is a professional sport? Boğaziçi University’s Frisbee team, the Fat Cats, was formed in 2007 and has become a model for frisbee teams at other universities since then. The Fats Cats have won two championships in tournaments organized by the Turkish University Sports Federation and a “Spirit of the Game” award.

The living memory bank of BU, 89-year-old John Freely’s energy is as young as he was when he first arrived in Istanbul 55 years ago.  Prof. Freely, who started teaching at Robert College in 1960, has been a close witness of the years leading to the establishment of Boğaziçi University.  Freely is a genuine Istanbul lover and a humanitarian who can easily strike up friendships with people from all social backgrounds.